Display of search field on private newtab should track regular newtab

UNCONFIRMED
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enhancement
P3
normal
UNCONFIRMED
3 months ago
Last month

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(Reporter: rhpuckett3, Unassigned, NeedInfo)

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Description

3 months ago

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:66.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/66.0

Steps to reproduce:

Opened a private newtab page, noticed the new search field.

Actual results:

Display of search field on updated private browsing newtab page controlled by browser.privatebrowsing.searchUI

Expected results:

Wouldn't it be more consistent for display of the search field on the private browsing Newtab page to track the settings for the regular Newtab page, specifically:

browser.newtabpage.enabled
browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled
browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.showSearch

For example, I have have my Home and Newtab pages set to "Blank" and have unselected all the Firefox Home Content items, as I want a clean experience (I know this is redundant when using Blank). I would prefer/expect the same private browsing experience.

Also, why would it be desirable for the search field (on either Newtab page) hand things off to the URL bar (browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.improvesearch.handoffToAwesomebar)? It seems distracting to start typing in a page field and have the focus shift to the URL bar, especially in the case where searching from the URL bar disabled. Is it simply because Chrome does this?

Thanks! - Rick

Component: Untriaged → Activity Streams: Newtab
Flags: needinfo?(abenson)
Keywords: uiwanted
Type: defect → enhancement
Priority: -- → P3
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